Upright to spreading 3–7 ft. shrub. Branches, stems with bright reddish brown shredding bark. Twigs, leaf petioles with glistening yellow glands. Leaves 1–2 1/2 in. long, shiny green, leathery, erect, widely oval, with rounded tips. Flowers pink, urn-shaped, with mostly scale-like bracts at base of each dense cluster. Berries dark reddish brown to black when mature. Abundant in open areas of conifer forests at low to high elevations. Often forms large, dense, rounded thickets of clones from spreading roots.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 3--7 feet
- Habitat: West-Side Forest, Subalpine
- Found In: Siskiyous, Crater Lake NP
- Native: Yes